About Pregnancy Counselling Link

Pregnancy Counselling Link (PCL) is a community agency, staffed by tertiary qualified, professional counsellors, which supports women on issues affecting them, in the areas of pregnancy, parenting, relationships, navigating life changes, fertility issues and loss and grief. Support is also available for partners and other family members.

Our counsellors provide non-directive counselling, helpful information and emotional support to those who are experiencing difficult or unforeseen circumstances.

PCL also provides community education, via workshops, forums and presentations to community groups, schools, universities and health and welfare professionals.


Background

PCL’s services have evolved and grown to meet the needs of women in our changing society. Our journey has spanned 40 years and began when a group of concerned people in the community identified the lack of support available for women with an unplanned or difficult pregnancy.

This group established the organization, known today as Pregnancy Counselling and Education Services Inc. (PCESI), which sponsor the services provided by PCL.

Pregnancy Counselling & Education Services Inc. (PCESI) began their journey in 1973 when a group of concerned people in the community identified the lack of support available for women with an unplanned or
difficult pregnancy. This group established the organisation, known today as PCESI, which sponsors Pregnancy Counselling Link (PCL). The services PCL offers have evolved and grown to meet the needs of women in our ever changing society.

Your donation will help us ensure PCESI has the financial resources to continue to support those involved in the delivery of the services of PCL - “Women Talk, We Listen...” in their ongoing commitment, clearly expressed in our Vision Statement.

“To enhance the lives of women and their families, by providing counselling and education to everyone affected by Pregnancy and Reproductive Related Matters.”

Click here to download the Donation Form (PDF)

Click here to download the PCESI Membership Form (PDF)

Click here to download the Responding to Complaints Document (PDF)

Click here to download the Client Privacy Code (PDF)

Click here to download the PCESI Vision (PDF)

Click here to download HDAA Certificate of Registration (PDF)


Government and community support/connection

PCESI receives funding from the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services under the Women’s Health Services and Targeted Family Support Program and is also supported by donations from community members.


Meet our team

Carly
BA (Psychology), M.Couns,
QCA, PACFA Registered
Business Manager/Senior Counsellor

Carly joined the PCL team in January 2017. She has been working in the industry for over 15 years in both NSW and QLD. Her experience has been in both government and non-government agencies managing a team of allied health professionals in both areas.

Carly is also an experienced Counsellor who supports women and families in the field of women’s health, parenting, family violence, disability and grief and loss. She has a strong commitment to person centred, strength based counselling that supports clients to realise that they are the expert in their own lives.

Maria
B.A (Hons), B.Ed., M.Couns., M.SW, FDRP.
Professional Counsellor

Maria has worked as a counsellor at PCL since 2013. She has many prior years of experience working with people across a variety of concerns, the most common being relationship difficulties, parenting, life decisions and transitions, family violence, and grief and loss. Maria’s counselling framework is guided by strengths based humanist-existentialist approaches in the main, as well as by psycho-dynamic, family systems and attachment-informed approaches such as emotionally focused therapy. Maria is a committed counsellor with a long-standing interest in how we learn and develop across the life-span, how we cope and move through difficulties that arise when the unexpected happens, and how we make well-formed decisions. She is also interested in how the factors of personality, genetics, childhood circumstances and broader social/cultural practices contribute to our development – in terms of how we feel, think and cope with life challenges.

Larissa
BSocWk (First Class Honours)
Professional Counsellor/Community Educator

In 1998, Larissa graduated from Bachelor of Social Work, University of Queensland. She has worked in both government and non-government organisations, specialising in the area of child and family and at risk youth. She has also worked for Griffith and Monash universities supporting students. Larissa joined the PCL team in November 2014.

Larissa provides individual counselling as well as co-facilitation of the Koala Joeys Family Program and the On the Move with Bubs Walking Group. She works from an Attachment, Strength based and Solution-focussed framework. She draws from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model of practice, which supports client’s actions to be guided by their values so they can engage meaningfully with themselves and others.

Larissa facilitates a gentle, caring, non-judgemental environment and works to strengthen client’s trust in themselves. One of Larissa’s clients commented about what was most helpful in her counselling sessions, “Larissa’s ability to listen, take in what I’m saying and guide me to make my own choices. She is lovely. Amazing at what she does and always welcoming and warm.”

Kelly
BSocWk - University Of Queensland
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW)
Member - Australian > Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Professional Counsellor/Community Educator

Kelly has worked in a diverse range of social work settings in Australia and England, particularly in mental health. Kelly has a strong interest and passion for issues regarding pregnancy and parenting, supporting women affected by the challenges and difficulties these major life events can bring. Kelly works from a number of different theoretical and practical approaches, as she opposes the idea that 'one size fits all.' Kelly works from an attachment, strengths-based, Cognitive Behavioural Approach (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), recognising the importance of living life directed by values, and the relationship between how we think and feel and act. Kelly enjoys getting to know each individual, and identifying issues that are affecting their well-being, and developing a plan that acknowledges and responds to their needs and difficulties. Kelly's approach is professional, warm, caring, sensitive and non-judgemental, recognising each individual as unique. Kelly provides non-directive counselling (a process that enables individuals to make their own decisions), as well as providing strategies and techniques that can assist with living purposeful and meaningful lives.

Nicole
BSocWk (Hons)
Community Educator/Counsellor

Nicole joined the PCL team in July 2016. She started her career in Adult Mental Health working with other allied health professionals in the community setting. After taking a break to raise her children Nicole is thrilled to have returned to working in the community with pregnant women and new parents. She recently completed the Koala Joeys Family Program training and is co-facilitating groups to empower parents to have the opportunity to enrich their interaction with their children.

Libby
(Cert IV Business Administration)
Admin Manager

Libby has been working as Administration Manager for Pregnancy Counselling Link for four years so far. Libby has worked in varying Executive Assistant roles over the past 34 years leading to taking on the role of Administration Manager at PCL. She has attained a Certificate IV in Business Administration whilst working at PCL as Libby believes it is important to maintain professional development skills.

Libby enjoys working with the professional team of Counsellors and Networking/Marketing personnel in the PCL office. She also works closely with the Secretary of the Board of PC&ES inc. so that there is always a good flow of communication between the Board and the PCL team.

During the last four years Libby has witnessed a few changes such as the change of name of the Organisation, website development, IT development changes, marketing and networking strategies. This is all due to the new Government funding agreements and the expectations that have flowed on from that. Such a time of transition helps to make this an interesting, busy and challenging role.

News & Events

Date Claimer – 2018 AGM

Please save the date – more details will come soon. The PCL AGM will be held on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at 12pm.